My apologies to anyone here who also frequents the Carvin BBS and has already seen this... I know some of you might find this sacreligous, but I have been thinking of replacing the pickups in my 10 year old LB76 for a LONG time now (the j style pickups just don't have a wide enough pickup pattern for the string width of a 6'er, IMHO.... most j style pickups have a max pickup pattern width of just under 3", and the string spacing on my LB76 was 3.1"). The low B on my LB76 has always been MUCH weaker than the other strings, but I absolutely love it's tone, the shape and feel of the neck, etc. So.... After a LOT of research (I talked to folks at Bartolini and EMG several times....), I finally scored a Bart xxM56M deep tone split coil and an EMG HZ-45 DC pickup. I made a router template, tested it several times on scrap pieces of wood, took a deep breath (no matter how many times I do this type of work on instruments, I always say a quick prayer to the router gods....!), put it down with clamps and double sided foam tape, and routed the bass out for the new pickups. Here's a pic of the bass after surgery (I didn't take any of the actual surgical procedure, not for the faint of heart!) http://www.basskahuna.com/equipment/images/lb76_routed.jpg Yes, I know that part of the original hole for the neck j pickup is showing, I wanted the neck pickup a little closer to the end of the fingerboard to really accentuate the warm lows and mid-lows of the bass, as well as that is where I like to rest my thumb! Next, I installed the Bart deep tone in the neck position and as I never roll off any high end on that pickup, I only installed a 500K volume pot and left out the tone pot. The EMG DC humbucker went in the bridge position along with an EMG BTC pre-amp that I had. Of course, I wired the pickups with each having it's own output... Put it all back together.... http://www.basskahuna.com/equipment/images/lb76_pickups.jpg ....took it to practice, plugged it in, turned up the volume and ... WHAMM-O, WHADDA difference!!! My low B-string is DEADLY now! The overall tone and "feel" of the bass did not change hardly at all, but the low end is way stronger, warmer, and .... hard to describe, but this bass is now everything I've ever wanted in a bass! Well, cast your slings and arrows of outrage fortune at me doing this, but the way I look at it is my instruments are "tools", and if by doing something like this I can improve the tool, then I will. Caveat: This was performed by a professional driver on a closed course, please do not attempt this at home. Happy Holidays!